Nurturing the future of southern Africa: How can national governments sustainably address the impact of AIDS on children?


FAO REOSA policy brief 02

This policy brief is the result of three case studies undertaken by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the Regional Inter-Agency Task Team for Children and AIDS (RIATT-ESA) on livelihoodbased social protection for orphaned and highly vulnerable children in southern Africa.

In southern Africa, children affected by HIV and AIDS are becoming the most vulnerable members of society. By 2010, more than 18 million children will have lost one or both parents as a consequence of the HIV epidemic, while millions more children – although not orphaned – will have been plunged deeper into poverty and food insecurity as a result of HIV and AIDS.